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Distracted teen drivers a bigger problem than realized

The AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety has some disconcerting findings for the parents of teen drivers. Exhaustive research of crash videos with teenage drivers shows that distracted driving is much more of a problem than it was thought previously to be.

Video analysis discovered distraction factored into almost 60 percent of teen collisions that were identified as moderate-to-severe. That number is four times as high as officially estimated from police reports.

Pedestrian safety focus of San Diego critical audit

A recent report by the San Diego's City Auditor's Office was critical of the process used by the city when determining where to modernize crosswalks and intersections.

The report stated that the traffic department should use data regarding pedestrian safety when deciding where to place these costly upgrades. Some intersections that hadn't been the site of accidents in 15 years or more were upgraded with countdown times and flashing beacons. Conversely, dangerous intersections where countless wrecks occurred were being passed over for improvements.

Did your doctor misdiagnose your condition?

Most of us like and trust our doctors, but that doesn't mean that they can't make mistakes. Sometimes the mistakes are minor and don't have much of an effect on the outcome of our conditions. Other times, they can have very grave effects, such as when a doctor fails to diagnose a condition.  

Doctors learn in medical school to determine "differential diagnoses." This means that your doctor lists the most likely diagnoses of your condition based on your symptoms. In fact, there's an old medical school adage that goes, "When you hear hoofbeats, think of horses, not zebras."

Driver found guilty after hit and run kills 10-year-old girl

A case that has been dragging on for months has finally come to an end, and a woman who hit and killed a 10-year-old girl has been found guilty.

The accident happened last February in Tierrasanta. The woman left the road and drove up onto a sidewalk. Two girls were walking down that sidewalk, and she ran into both of them. The 10-year-old was rushed to the hospital with a brain injury, and she later passed away.

Smartwatches distract drivers, too

As technology advances, so must the laws that protect the public from the accompanying dangers. The latest devices to come into the safety crosshairs are wearable technologies like smartwatches.

There are concerns that, just like smartphones, smartwatches contribute to the problem of distracted driving. They both are and are not "hands-free" devices. While it's true they are not handheld in the traditional sense of the word, by being worn on the wrist just below the hand, their omnipresence assures distraction is just a vibration, beep or light-up alert away from the driver.

California legalizes lane splitting for motorcyclists

In a country where the vast majority of motorists travel within the relative safety of an enclosed vehicle, motorcyclists are regularly at greater risk than other motorists for injury in any kind of collision. As more people crowd our streets and freeways, and greater numbers of them choose to ride motorcycles, it is reasonable that legislation would grow to accommodate the safety of our motorcycling public. California is once again leading the charge of progressive (and somewhat controversial) legislation to address the safety of motorcyclists by passing a statewide law officially legalizing the practice of lane splitting.

Lane splitting is one of those practices that those who do not ride motorcycles often find frustrating, while they sit stuck in traffic only to see a motorcyclist zip on past them, riding between the seemingly endless streams of cars parked on an interstate.

Chiropractor sued for Playboy model's death

Following the death of Katie May, the 34-year-old woman who had modeled in Playboy, back in February after a chiropractic alignment went drastically wrong, her ex has filed a seven-figure lawsuit on behalf of their daughter.

Last month, the Los Angeles County Coroner's office announced that May's death was attributable to "neck manipulation by chiropractor." The chiropractor, Eric Swartz, manipulated May's neck, tearing her left vertebral artery. This caused blood to be unable to reach her brain and resulted in a fatal stroke.

Car accidents result of negligent driving

An accident on the road can happen for any number of reasons. Some car accidents happen because a driver is drunk, others from distractions behind the wheel and still others from carelessness. One of the most recent California car accidents involved two cars and numerous rescue vehicles.

A report on the accident, which occurred at night, noted that a gray car in which three men were riding was traveling at a high rate of speed and ran a stop sign. A woman and three children in a black vehicle were crossing the intersection just as the other car was speeding through it. The collision was severe enough to warrant four fire engines, three air ambulances and six ground ambulances.

Car accidents a likely result of drinking and driving

When someone gets behind the wheel after he or she has consumed several alcoholic beverages, there is a possibility he or she may cause an accident. Impaired driving is the cause of many car accidents on California roads. Recently, a young man was arrested after police say he caused an accident that led to the deaths of four people and injuries to several others.

Hundreds of people were out enjoying a motorcycle festival in a local park when they witnessed a pickup truck fly off the bridge above them and land in their midst. In addition to the deaths, three people were seriously injured and several others had minor injuries. This marked the fifth time since 1980 that a vehicle has gone through the guardrails to crash in or near the park.

Motorcycle accidents involving high speed may be deadly

A vehicle traveling at a high rate of speed is a hazard because the driver is likely not considering the risks of his or her actions and may be unable to stop in time to avoid a collision. Motorcycle accidents involving speeding cars can be deadly to the motorcyclist, who has little protection against the impact of another vehicle. One family in California is mourning the loss of a loved one who died when a speeding car struck his motorcycle.

Just before midnight one recent night, a 60-year-old man was riding his motorcycle when he was struck by a Tesla speeding through an intersection. The operator of the motorcycle was thrown from his bike and pronounced dead by paramedics. Meanwhile, the driver of the car abandoned the vehicle and fled the scene of the accident.